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|GHOSTLIGHT CHORUS is an elite chamber choir based in New York City. Founded in 2010 by artistic director Dr. Evelyn Troester DeGraf, the choir is comprised of experienced singers who collectively strive for superior musicality, intonation, and choral blend. Acclaimed as “beautiful” by Vogue, “first-class” by Time Out New York, and “simply one of the best vocal ensembles” by Maine’s Press Herald, GHOSTLIGHT pursues both high-quality musicianship and a comprehensive repertoire, with a commitment to original concert programming and frequent world premieres. Recent performance highlights include: Genius Festival at the 92nd Street Y; PS1 Benefit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art; sold-out concerts in prolific venues in Germany; concert tours in the United States’ East and West coasts; and live performances with the Rolling Stones. In 2015, the New York ensemble won 3rd prize in the 14th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany. |
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DR. EVELYN TROESTER DeGRAF
Dr. Evelyn Troester DeGraf is the conductor of the internationally acclaimed chamber choir GHOSTLIGHT, music director and organist at Christ's Church in Rye, and choirmaster at the German International School in White Plains. She is choir director emerita at Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church in Brooklyn where she served for twelve years as conductor, cantor, voice teacher, as well as assistant organist. Dr. DeGraf has also worked as adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University where she was the director of Collegium Musicum, and taught conducting and applied lessons in voice, piano, and guitar at Teachers College. She has been a guest lecturer, choral clinician, and master teacher for choirs and music organizations in both Germany and the US, including the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Teachers College Columbia University, the Audi Jugendchorfestival Ingolstadt, New York University, Brooklyn College, Nyack College, Rockport Choral Summit, World Scholar and Athlete Games, and the Spence School. |
Dr. DeGraf’s career as a versatile musician, educator and researcher ranges from mezzo-soprano engagements at Lincoln Center to conducting choruses for The Rolling Stones at Barclays, Prudential, and Verizon Centers. She received her Master’s degree with a dual concentration in vocal performance and music education from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, and earned the degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at Columbia University’s Teachers College with her dissertation entitled "Rituals of Leadership: The Pre-Performance Practices of Renowned Choral Conductors.”